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Forrest Gump
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Epic Soundtrax
(August 2nd, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you regularly relax to the soft tones of piano, strings, and woodwinds playing consistently conservative, but lovely melodies.

Avoid it... if you believe the hype that this score is a classic, because while it serves its purpose very well, its derivative and repetitive nature is a significant detraction.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #127
WRITTEN 12/26/00, REVISED 9/20/08
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Forrest Gump: (Alan Silvestri) It is perhaps fitting that when the Oscar ceremonies rolled around in 1995, the anticipated battle for the top awards pitted Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump versus Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. There could exist no two films more different in tone and style, one wholesome and tender, the other profane and disgusting. Ultimately, Forrest Gump prevailed and took home statues for six of its thirteen Oscar nominations, including the top four awards. It was also remarkable in both its ability to win over critics and audiences, not only receiving top marks from even the most cynical writers but also grossing a stunning $330 million domestically, a sum that easily placed it in the top ten films of all time. The film's story was one of honesty and redemption, using Tom Hanks' mentally impaired title character to offer perspectives on life and love that audiences found appealing. One of the ways that Zemeckis further extended the emotional grip on his viewers was with a wide selection of period songs and Alan Silvestri's score, the latter gaining the veteran composer a much deserved first Academy Award nomination. The constant song usage, which eventually spawned a 2-CD compilation soundtrack, was one of the film's few detractions. Zemeckis employed his songs so liberally that they are a distraction in the finished picture and put Silvestri at a distinct disadvantage. The composer was particularly excited about this assignment; this long collaboration often (though not always) provided him inspiration above and beyond his other works. He and Zemeckis sat down to discuss how they would incorporate his thematic material throughout the film. The director, however, made it clear that the assignment would be accompanied by significant song placements. So while Silvestri did use Forrest Gump as an opportunity to draft some of the most elegant and appealing thematic ideas of his career, the rendering of these themes is often less thorough than desired.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:23
• 1. I'm Forrest... Forrest Gump (2:41)
• 2. You're No Different (1:00)
• 3. You Can't Sit Here (2:26)
• 4. Run Forrest Run (2:14)
• 5. Pray With Me (0:58)
• 6. The Crimson Gump (1:08)
• 7. They're Sending Me to Vietnam (2:23)
• 8. I Ran and Ran (1:43)
• 9. I Had a Destiny (1:19)
• 10. Washington Reunion (0:45)
• 11. Jesus on the Main Line (2:00)
• 12. That's My Boat (1:16)
• 13. I Never Thanked You (0:47)
• 14. Jenny Returns (2:43)
• 15. The Crusade (2:01)
• 16. Forrest Meets Forrest (1:41)
• 17. The Wedding Guest (1:48)
• 18. Where Heaven Ends (1:33)
• 19. Jenny's Grave (1:26)
• 20. I'll Be Right Here (0:49)
• 21. Suite from Forrest Gump (6:34)

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